Our Staff

Our team recognizes that we are shepherds and desire to devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Word. Our passion and goal is to equip the believers for the work of the ministry until we all attain maturity in the fullness of Christ.

JJ Mannschreck, Lead Pastor

Pastor JJ grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, graduating from Troy Athens High School in 2006. From there he headed off to Calvin College in Grand Rapids (where he met his lovely wife). After graduating from Calvin with a degree in Religion, Philosophy and Music of Worship, he headed off to Garrett-Evangelical Theological seminary in Chicago to receive his Masters degree. From Chicago God called them to move up into the middle of the U.P. to serve at Wesley UMC for four years before he arrived in Flushing, MI. In 2011, he married his incredible wife Sara. Since then they have added two cats, two dogs, and three children to their little family. Their sons are Liam, Amos and Ezra. They thank God everyday for each of them. When he’s not working in the church JJ enjoys reading, lots of music (both listening AND playing), as well as jogging and watching (probably too many) movies. Email: pastor@flushingumc.org 
(photo credit: @shaunareimanphoto

Rose Dessinger, Office Manager

Rose has a background of bookkeeping and computers and as an office manager for 15 years. She has been a member of Flushing United Methodist church since 2009 and currently serves as a Stephen Ministry Leader, choir member and UMW member. She was born in Rochester, New York and moved to Flushing in 2000 to be married to her husband, Bill. Together, they have owned a property preservation company in the mortgage industry for 15 years. Send an email to the church office

Melissa Whalen, Christian Education Director

Melissa has been a member of Flushing United Methodist Church for over 25 years. She graduated from Flushing High School and attended the University of Michigan, graduating with a BS in elementary education.  She majored in fine arts and minored in social studies.  She has been a teacher in Corunna for the past 16 years, teaching fine arts, third grade and is currently teaching fourth grade.  
Melissa lives in Flushing with her husband, Travis, their two children, and dog, Tully Lu.  

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Christie DoverMusic Coordinator/Organist/Choir Director

Christie Dover has a BA in Music Therapy and a Masters of Social Work from Michigan State University.  She has played the organ for Asbury United Methodist Church in Lansing, Oak Park United Methodist Church, Flushing Presbyterian Church, and was hired to be on staff at FUMC in the late 1980s.  In addition to her responsibilities at FUMC, she also is the accompanist for Carman-Ainsworth High School choirs, has played for many Swartz Creek Center Stage productions, and teaches private piano lessons. Send an email to Christie

Marlene CooperCustodian

Marlene has been a member of Flushing United Methodist Church for 7 years. She is a recent retiree and now works as our part time custodian. Marlene is a mother of 3 boys and 8 grandchildren. She also serves our church as the Faith In Action Team Chairman where she not only serves locally but also has gone on a mission trip.